Saturday, February 12, 2011
Book Review : The Windup Girl - Paulo Bacigalupi 9*
As tension between the government agencies and outside forces explodes into violence, everyone's plans are thrown into flux. Anderson tried to seize the moment and push forward his companies plan to invade Thailand and gain access to the vital seed bank, the repository of gene pure seeds that they hope to create disease resistant strains from.
Paolo Bacigalupi has created an entirely believable and frighteningly possible future, a city where vast five lane highways built for hundreds of thousands of cars are now traversed by elephants and bicycles once more, a world where human avarice and science without morals has brought the world to its knees. On top of this astonishing and well crafted background he has weaved a multi stranded storyline which, although a little slow at first, builds up a head of steam and then explodes into an orgy of violence and chaos.
Great storytelling and a thoughtfully crafted world, The Windup Girl tied with China Meiville's The City & The City for the 2010 Hugo Award, I have to say, much as Meiville is my favourite author, The Windup Girl is the better novel, really good sci-fi that examines the future possibilities of mankind's current actions with a gripping thrill ride of an action story to boot.